John Reynolds and Mary Whyte host SCOPE50 Fundraiser – February 23

I’d like to introduce the Seabrook Island Community to the local work of the nonprofit SCOPE50. In 1965 Martin Luther King Jr called for volunteers to spend the summer in the south and help register black people to vote. One of those volunteers was our own John Reynolds. The original SCOPE (Summer Community Organization for Political Education) Project registered thousands of people.

Those volunteers held their 50th reunion in 2015 and decided their work was not complete. As a result SCOPE50 was created.

SCOPE50, John and Seabrook Island resident, Mary Whyte are implementing a local Oral History Project to collect the personal accounts of the 1965 SCOPE Project volunteers. These volunteers are aging so it is important the Oral History Project be undertaken now, before these pieces of history are lost forever. These histories will then be made available to educators, students, voting rights organizations and archives.

SCOPE50 has also partnered with local organizations and churches to fight childhood poverty on Johns and Wadmalaw islands.

To support these activities, John and Mary are hosting a SCOPE50 Motown fundraiser February 23, 2018 6:00 at the Seabrook Island Club. With live music and dancing, the evening should be a great time for a great cause. Tickets are $75 and can be ordered from John Reynolds at or 843-768-0434.

This is an All Island Event – open to everyone.

-Submitted by Roni Bertucci

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